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Old 08-05-2013, 06:38 PM
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Just came across this thread - what a good idea it is!

Back when I had my classical dolls house I made two potted small shrubs for each side of the door at very little cost. Sadly I don't have any pictures buy this is how I made them:
  1. For the tubs I used those small milk pots that you get in some cafe's trimmed the lip off to get a round top and painted them a terracotta colour.
  2. I put some plasticine in them for weight (almost to the top), spread some pva glue over this then sprinkled on tea leaves to resemble soil.
  3. The shrubs were two trees originally designed for railway modellers and as they were 'clipped' into layers they looked quite effective as topiary shrubs!
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Just came across this thread - what a good idea it is!

Back when I had my classical dolls house I made two potted small shrubs for each side of the door at very little cost. Sadly I don't have any pictures buy this is how I made them:
  1. For the tubs I used those small milk pots that you get in some cafe's trimmed the lip off to get a round top and painted them a terracotta colour.
  2. I put some plasticine in them for weight (almost to the top), spread some pva glue over this then sprinkled on tea leaves to resemble soil.
  3. The shrubs were two trees originally designed for railway modellers and as they were 'clipped' into layers they looked quite effective as topiary shrubs!
Thanks for that Cathy!
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:40 PM
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What a good idea. I'll be looking for milk pots next time I go in a cafe.
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i feel a trip to cafe coming up......coffee stirrers and milk pots to be ordered (or pilfered)
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That is a brilliant idea and very cheap too. Thanks Cathy.
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What a good idea. I'll be looking for milk pots next time I go in a cafe.
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i feel a trip to cafe coming up......coffee stirrers and milk pots to be ordered (or pilfered)
Coffee stirrers make great fences.........

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That is a brilliant idea and very cheap too. Thanks Cathy.
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You're welcome! these pots can be cut down to make round kitchen sinks too.....
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THE 1 SHOP SELL LITTLE SHOT CUPS..packs of 30/50 ..(transparant,green and red) great for your mini garden centres,patios
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:46 PM
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Brilliant idea to use the little milk pots, thanks Cathy. Well worth trying...

Its amazing what you get in these 1 shops, Su, will have to visit one soon
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Just came across this thread - what a good idea it is!

Back when I had my classical dolls house I made two potted small shrubs for each side of the door at very little cost. Sadly I don't have any pictures buy this is how I made them:
  1. For the tubs I used those small milk pots that you get in some cafe's trimmed the lip off to get a round top and painted them a terracotta colour.
  2. I put some plasticine in them for weight (almost to the top), spread some pva glue over this then sprinkled on tea leaves to resemble soil.
  3. The shrubs were two trees originally designed for railway modellers and as they were 'clipped' into layers they looked quite effective as topiary shrubs!
What a pity you don't have any photos of your topiary trees.
I have just started making some for my Waterside Way,
using the method you describe, but using polystyrene balls
for the trees, and they look quite good in situ.
Would love to see some other styles, because
I'm a bit stuck for ideas.

I am obviously going to the wrong places for tea - the
milk is never packed in useful pots, it always comes in
plastic bags (like the vinegar). I bought some cheap
terracotta pots to use while I work on my collection
of plastic tops and pots.

Here's a photo of my first pair of topiary trees.
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they look great thinking of having a try....did you use PVA or did you need to buy polystyrene glue....have seen some cone or heart polystyrene shapes that you could use
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